Moroni Olsen Overview:

Actor, Moroni Olsen, was born John Willard Clawson on Jun 27, 1889 in Ogden, UT. Olsen died at the age of 65 on Nov 22, 1954 in Los Angeles, CA .


Moroni Olsen appeared in over 105 films including Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937, as the voice of the Magic Mirror), Father of the Bride (1950) and Father's Little Dividend (1951) (as Buckley's dad Herbert Dunstan), Notorious (1946, as Walter Beardsley), Santa Fe Trail (1940, as Robert E. Lee), Mildred Pierce (1945, as Inspector Peterson) -- and It's a Wonderful Life (1946, as the voice of the Senior Angel who sends Clarence down to earth).

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).



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By Annmarie Gatti on Jun 27, 2016 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Born June 27, 1889 made his professional acting debut on Broadway in 1920 portraying Jason in Medea. He worked on Broadway until 1935 (with an 11 year break between 1922-1933), and then made his feature film debut as Porthos in The Three Musketeers opposite Walter Abel as d... Read full article

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Moroni Olsen Quotes:

Magic Mirror: Prepare to be amazed beyond all expectations. After all it is what I do.

Randall: I was taken prisoner while on patrol, sir, and held up in Big Eagle's camp. Just before dawn this morning, Inspector Montague was brought in. I was released to give you a message.
Supt. Andrew Standing: Go on.
Randall: Big Eagle demands that the railroad leave his territory within the next two days, or Inspector Montague will not be released and the hostilities will be reopened.
Vicky Standing: What are you going to do, Father? You must send some word.
Supt. Andrew Standing: There's only one answer to such a demand. Refusal.

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Moroni Olsen Facts
His given name, Moroni, comes from the name of a angel, who, according to an account by Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), revealed to him the location of the document which would become known as the Book of Mormon.

It is often claimed that Olsen's real name was John Willard Clawson and that he was the son of Utah artist John Willard Clawson Sr.; however, this is not found in fact.

Strongly involved with Hollywood's annual Pilgrimage Play for many years as a director.

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